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A Daily Guide for Brain Health

If you listed out everything you “had” to do each day, what would your responsibilities consist of? Feeding the kids and getting them off to school? Going to work and being productive? Walking the dog and hopefully getting in an evening run? And what about all those household chores? The question I pose to you is this…what is on your list that takes care of your brain? Considering the rise in neurological disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, it may be one - if the not the most - important organ we should nurture everyday. More and more research is connecting brain health with the entire wellbeing of the body and its systems, which means that how we take care of our brains can affect how healthy we are overall. But with busy schedules and oodles of responsibilities, we can easily lose sight of how to purposefully live each day with this in mind. Let’s be honest…it’s easy to [...]

May 7th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Daily Guide for Brain Health

Coming Back from Trauma

Coming Back from Trauma; Processing Grief It was spring break.  The kids were excited to get away for some outdoor activities and I was looking forward to the much anticipated family time.  We had just arrived in Grand Junction - the first stop in our thoroughly planned road trip to Moab - to visit a dear friend we hadn’t seen since the pandemic hit (with an outdoor picnic, of course).  But as we pulled up to greet her, our well intentioned, joyful plans turned stoic when she came running out to ask us if we had heard what was going on in Boulder.   Almost simultaneously, my phone began buzzing with notifications about community school lockdowns as I continued to listen to her explain what happened.  For a moment…the world seemed to have went into chaos and yet, it felt like it completely stopped at the same time.  It simply didn’t feel real.  _______________________ Now that’s been a few weeks, [...]

5 Steps to a Physical and Mental Spring Renewal

Resiliency.  The ability to bounce back after experiencing mental and/or physical set-backs, disappointments, or hurts. I’ve noticed it’s becoming a bit of a buzz word recently, and for good reason. January 1 wasn’t the magical reset many of us yearned for and now symptoms of little energy, sluggish bowels, and even low-grade depression are abundant as we move through this nebulous time. But guess what? Winter always turns to spring and lucky for us, this renewing season is about to be upon us. If you’re ready to shed the stress, the worry, and yes, maybe even the extra pounds from the very long winter of the entire last year, then… Wipe the slate clean and create resiliency for your body, mind, and spirit with these 5 steps: 1. Be Honest. Sure, you may be going through the motions of getting everything done, but are you really living? It’s time to be honest about what you are currently feeling as well [...]

March 1st, 2021|Categories: Diet and food, Mental Health, Mind and Body, Preventative|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on 5 Steps to a Physical and Mental Spring Renewal

Navigating Forward During the Pandemic

It’s almost been a year since our way of life changed as we knew it. An entire year of social distancing, wearing masks, changes to school and work, little to no travel, and not seeing some of our closest friends and family. It’s been tough and many (if not all) of us are ready to move on.  We may want to travel again, let our kids have playdates, and connect in-person with others that we’ve missed.  We just want our lives back. But how do we do this in a safe, healthy, and respectful manner? The good news is that there is light on the horizon and we are within reach of gaining back a sense of normalcy.  However, we are not quite there yet! This is why it’s important we continue to stay the course. With mindfulness and determination, this doesn’t mean we have to stay stagnant.  We do have the ability to navigate forward and I’m here to [...]

Resetting for 2021

Resetting for 2021:  How to Make the Physical and Mental Changes Your Know You Need For many of us, celebrating the arrival of 2021 is a most wanted event. The past year has been filled with challenge and change - much of which has been uncomfortable and upsetting.  Health concerns, regulations and guidelines, economic crises, at-home learning, and the list goes on… Throughout it all, we may have taken on less-than-ideal habits in order to survive - both physically and mentally - that we know we now need to change for a healthy new go around the sun. But the question is…how do we do that? We may know that we need to clean up our diet, start sleeping better, move more, and/or stop the cycle of negativity but for many of us, we just don’t know how to actually go about it. So let’s get real and talk about how to reset for 2021 in a way that is [...]

Keeping the Holidays Special and Meaningful

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but right now, it may feel like the toughest. On any given year, the holidays can be filled with cherished traditions, numerous gatherings, and plenty of decadent food.  It’s typically a time where we can enjoy time with loved ones and celebrate. But during a pandemic? We can feel as lost as Santa’s reindeer in a snowstorm without Rudolph. Let’s face it - this year is going to be different when it comes to the holidays.  However, it doesn’t have to be any less special or meaningful. Sure, Grandma may not be feeding the entire extended family with her special recipes and the annual tradition of seeing the Nutcracker may be on hold…but with a little shift in perspective and a dash of creativity, we can create new memories - ones that may be infinitely more joyful than we ever expected! Following, I share 10 tips on keeping the [...]

November 30th, 2020|Categories: Diet and food, Mental Health, Mind and Body, Preventative|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Keeping the Holidays Special and Meaningful

Finding Beauty in Imperfections

These days, it can seem as though you have to go all-in or nothing is worth it.  Whether it’s backing your favorite political candidate, making sure your child gets into a good college, or cleaning up your diet, our culture strives to win - and for many of us, that means perfection with no room for failure. But what about when our choice isn’t victorious, our child comes home with a less-than-average score, or we just want a chocolate chip cookie in the middle of the afternoon? It can lead to frustration, disappointment, and the thought of giving up. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. While some doctors may prefer a zero to 100 approach, I believe that small, realistic changes can not only help you achieve your long-term goal(s), but beauty and love can be found in imperfections along the way. Following, I discuss three areas of life where flexibility can provide growth and joy while still [...]

November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Mental Health, Mind and Body|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Finding Beauty in Imperfections

Stress, Hormones, and a Pandemic

You’ve been on birth control for years without any issues, but now all of a sudden, your period is starting a day later than usual.  You typically suffer from mild PMS, but lately it’s been debilitating.  Or, even though you are staying home more now, you have fatigue that is completely draining you of doing anything. If any of these, or similar situations, sound familiar, it’s not surprising given the times we are in. Chronic stressors, including those of the pandemic, can cause female hormone disruptions that can wreak havoc on our daily lives. During times of stress, the endocrine system can become unbalanced, leading to: - abnormal bleeding - breakthrough bleeding - heavier monthly flows - extra ovulations - irregular cycles - PMS - hot flashes - menstrual cramps - anxiety - nervous energy - moodiness - fatigue - sleep disruption - heart palpitations - weight gain in addition to other symptoms caused by thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive hormone [...]

September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Hormone, Hormone Health, Mental Health, Well-woman|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Stress, Hormones, and a Pandemic

Naturopathic Medicine and Concussions

Concussions can be common, yet serious conditions, especially in a state with popular activities such as skiing, biking, and other outdoor sports (in addition to effects of motor vehicle accidents and falls). But what we once knew about these traumatic brain injuries and how to treat them is changing, and it’s important to know what to do if you or a family member suffers from one. What is a concussion? A concussion is a brain injury resulting from severe shaking or a hit to the head that affects the brain and its function.  It is more severe than whiplash and although a CT scan is helpful for ruling out internal structural damage (such as an internal bleed or a fracture), a concussion does not show up on a radiology test. Generally, concussions are not necessarily difficult to recover from as long as proper healing is allowed to take place before returning to normal work or exercise. However, what was once [...]

September 1st, 2020|Categories: Mental Health, Mind and Body|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Naturopathic Medicine and Concussions
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